May 19, 2020

NTSB Calls for Nationwide Cellphone Ban for Drivers

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NTSB Calls for Nationwide Cellphone Ban for Drivers


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency, has called for a full nationwide ban on the use of mobile phones while driving.

Citing data from distraction-related accident investigations collected over the past decade by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the NTSB says that mobile devices, including hands-free and wireless headsets, provide drivers with distractions that put them at severe risk of accidents.

“According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents,” said NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman. “It’s time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving."

Although the number of distracted driving deaths has gone down since 2009, the NHTSA says the decrease can be attributed to a change in the way it categorizes accidents. A NHTSA driver survey found that nearly half of the country’s drivers still use their phones for calls, and 10 percent still read text messages.

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The NTSB believes that the evolution of mobile phones and their increasing functionality will only heighten temptation for drivers.

“Every year, new devices are being released,” Hersman said. “People are tempted to update their Facebook page, they are tempted to tweet, as if sitting at a desk. But they are driving a car.”

Hersman said the NTSB puts distracted-by-device driving on par with drunken driving and that the agency understands that its recommendation will be met with criticism because distracted driving is more socially accepted.

 “We’re not here to win a popularity contest; we’re here to do the right thing,” said Hersman. “This is a difficult recommendation, but it’s the right recommendation and it’s time.”

This marks the first time a federal agency has called for a complete ban on cellphones behind the wheel; nine US states have banned hand-held phones and 35 have banned texting while driving.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.


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